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A pod for the people! Two Minnesotans with an extreme passion for golf, share stories and discuss topics across the globe as well as locally. Bringing entertainment the best way we know how.

Break 80 Podcast


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    Episode 28: President Cup Recap with Andy Carroll

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 87:19


    Friend of the podcast and Division 1 hockey player for the Mankato State Mavericks, Andy Carroll joins our podcast regulars for the entire episode to talk all things President Cup. We will also discuss his upcoming hockey season and putting together a buddies Ryder/President Cup style event.

    Episode 27: Podcast heads to Chicago for LIV Golf

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 78:20


    Mike & Tim took a road trip to Chicago for the weekend to see how much louder LIV Golf actually was in person. It has been determined that the LIV event falls somewhere between competitive golf and a carnival. The boys got in some golf of their own in the Windy City, including another top 100 track off Tim's list as they played Cog Hill. The golf ended up being better than Tim's hotel selection yet again! We will also talk PGA Tour and the wild finish between Max Homa and Danny Willet, Presidents Cup and what is in store for fall golf in Minnesota.

    Episode 26: All Time Crazy DQ Story & LIV Boston Drama

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 68:51


    Chaska native Clayton Kucera was on the bag for a buddy in a Korn Ferry pre-qualifying event in Nebraska that took the golf world by storm last week over one of the most bizarre cheating scandals you will ever hear about. Clayton will walk us through what unfolded as he was caddying in the group that ended up in the eventual disqualification of one of the competitors. LIV golf was back this week in Boston. With an improved field and a solid golf course, LIV golf turned out its best event yet. Dustin Johnson hammered in an eagle putt on the first playoff hole to secure the win as the Aces won the team competition for the third straight event. We will give our thoughts on LIV golfs improvements and some things they need to work on still. Jeff and Tim travelled to Brainerd to play the newly redesigned Cragun's championship golf course and the Gravel Pit, a new par 3 course in the Brainerd lakes area. They will give their thoughts and insight on these two central Minnesota golf courses.

    Episode 25: Break80 at Landmand & Interview with USGA Am semifinalist Derek Hitchner

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 100:43


    The Break80 podcast boys headed to Nebraska to play the newest creation from King Collins Golf - Landmand! Epic is a great word to describe what you will find in Homer, Nebraska at Landmand. The course is absolutely amazing and has to be seen to be believed. The property is massive and the greens complexes push the boundaries of what would seem impossible to imagine. Rory's talent showed out at East Lake as he came roaring from behind to catch Scottie Scheffler(as he faltered) at East Lake. Huge win for the PGA Tour as they combat some more defections to LIV Golf. We have an interview with Derek Hitchner, who is a native Minnesotan and senior at Pepperdine University. Derek is coming off a run to the semi-finals at the USGA Amateur Championship at Ridgewood Country Club.

    Episode 24: Rob Collins Interview, AZ Trip Recap & The Pod Heads to Landmand

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 76:32


    Mike & Tim made a trip to Arizona to play in mid-August and lived to tell about it. Mike gives a recap of the courses played, matches with Tim and even the most bizarre restaurant you will see. The U.S. Am and the BMW Championship both concluded this Sunday with Sam Bennett winning the Am on the 36th hole and Patrick Cantlay taking the BMW crown for the second year in a row. We will talk about what can be done to make the FedEx Cup more interesting, especially in light of the U.S. Am showing the greatness of match play. The podcast is heading to Landmand! We are taking off on a short trip to play Landmand, the new course opening in Homer, Nebraska designed by King Collins Golf (Sweetens Cove designers). We interview Rob Collins to get some insight on the architecture and creation of Landmand before we head there to play it.

    Episode 23: Will Zalatoris with the Breakthrough Win, Mike & Tim Head to AZ & an Interview with Emma Carpenter

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 109:09


    Mike & Jeff had their annual fourball match at White Bear Yacht Club, and it went about as well as expected. The boys talk the state of their games, douchebag moves in golf and the upcoming Arizona trip for Mike & Tim. Will Zalatoris got his breakthrough win in crazy fashion at the FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis to vault him into #1 in the points standing and getting the season win for Mike in the picks segment. The field now narrows to 70 players for the BMW Championship. We will discuss the field & venue and makes some picks for the upcoming week. This week's guest is the multi-talented Emma Carpenter. Not only is Emma a golfer for the University of Minnesota and coming off a T2 finish at the Minnesota State Open, but also is up and coming in the media and social media world with multiple ventures. Oh, and she can also sing! We may have gotten her to sing a tune to improve our golf games.

    Episode 22: Matchplay Musings from the Pod Members, PGA Tour Gears Up for the FedEx Cup.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 90:12


    After a few different match play rounds this week, the podcast takes a look at the pros/cons of match play and specifically if there is a home course advantage when playing someone who is on their home track. We will also be talking expectations about improvement and how it happens with less effort for some people. Tom Kim became the youngest PGA Tour winner since Jordan Spieth this week at the Wyndham Championship as the tour players faced elation and sorrow while trying to get into the elusive top 125 to retain their cards. The FedEx Cup kicks off this week in Memphis and we will discuss the event and make our picks in this full field event.

    Episode 21: Finau Races Through the Motor City as LIV Struggles to Gain Traction

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 76:06


    Tony Finau continues his hot streak in Detroit by dusting the field Sunday at the Rocket Mortgage. Where does he go from here? Mike's guy Cameron Young with another top 5 finish as he marches toward a top 10 OWGR as Mike predicted at the beginning of the season. We are into the last week of the PGA Tour regular season and tour cards will be on the line this week in Greensboro, NC for the Wyndham Championship. Henrik Stenson wins the LIV event at Bedminster that showcased their best leaderboard in 3 events, yet the LIV tour was struggling again to attract fans and viewers to their platform. Where does LIV go next? What happens after the FedEx and President's Cups? We will discuss LIV Golf this week in a little more detail. The podcast boys games are all over the board as we prepare to go down to Landmand at the end of August. We will be talking about the state of our games and a possible match with another Minnesota golf podcast on this episode!

    Episode 20: Finau Finishes & the Break80 Podcast Has a Wild Week at the 3M Open

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 92:11


    What a week for the Break80 podcast at the 3M Open. We started the week with a preview podcast at the 3M Open on Wednesday and then ended up caddying for the Foreplay Podcast fellas from Barstool, with Brock Nelson of NHL fame and professionals Sam Ryder and Callum Terran. We will go into how that round went as the Foreplay squad caught fire on the back 9 for a high finish. Tony Finau surged and Scott Piercy had an epic collapse at the 3M, which was full of twists and turns on the back 9. Eventually, with a little luck on 17, Tony Finau emerged victorious. Our friend of the podcast from the pro-am, Callum Terran fired a 63 on Friday and a back 9 31 on Sunday to vault into the top 10 as he looks to lock up his tour card for next year. We make our picks for the Rocket Mortgage and the LIV event this week as Tim closed the gap a bit last week when both Jeff & Mike's picks missed the cut at the TPC Twin Cities.

    3M Open Preview Episode

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 27:41


    The podcast is live from the 3M Open with our preview episode. We will be talking about the event, some specifics about the TPC Twin Cities and some of the players that fans should be looking to watch at this years 3M Open. We will of course be making our picks for the week and will see if Jeff or Tim can gain some ground on Mike in the standings.

    Episode 19: Cam Comeback at the Open

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 101:00


    With the world watching the 150th Open Championship and basically the entire crowd at the Old Course rooting for Rory, Cam Smith rides excellent ball striking, a hot blade and balls of steel to fire a back-nine thirty en route to a final round 64 to steel the Open Championship from the grasp of Rory McIlroy, who eventually came in third after Cameron Young's epic eagle on 18. LIV is in the golf news again this week with rumors of Cam Smith, Hideki Matsuyama, Henrik Stenson and other defecting away from the PGA & DP World. Tours to sign lucrative contracts with LIV Golf. It is 3M Open week here in Minnesota! The podcast will be on site throughout the week doing an episode Wednesday, social media content and talking PGA Tour and TPC Twin Cities. This episode on the podcast we interview the Tournament Director Mike Welch who gives us all kinds of insight into what it takes to pull of a PGA Tour event.

    Episode 18: All Things Old Course

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 101:52


    Open Championship week is here, and the Break 80 Podcast will be taking a deep dive into all things St. Andrews and the Old Course. Mike, one the podcast co-hosts had the chance to play the Old Course in 2016 and will be talking about getting on the Old Course, go through the holes on the golf course and what to look for this week, as well as some things about the town of St. Andrews. We will talk Scottish Open briefly and get right into our picks segment for the week as we give top picks and some sleepers to look out for at the 150th playing of the Open Championship.

    Episode 17: Rally at the Ridge! LIV is in the U.S. & Our interview with golf professional Betsy Kelly

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 100:14


    After a one week hiatus the pod is back! The Greater State team jumped out to a commanding lead at our first ever Break80 Podcast Ryder Cup at the Wilderness and Giants Ridge, only to see their dreams dashed by a furious rally by team Metro during the singles matches to earn a tie for the event. We will be diving into the event a bit and the great courses you will find in northern Minnesota. There were 3 events in mens professional golf this week, none of which were that interesting, but we will dive into the LIV event at Pumpkin Ridge and discuss some of the improvements made in their 2nd attempt, as well as some of the preposterous stuff still happening and being said by LIV players and broadcasters. It is getting to be that time of year again where you can get up early and get ready to watch great golf from Scotland. The Scottish Open is this week and 14 of the top 15 players in the world are in the field at the Renaissance Club for the final prep event leading up to the 150th playing of the Open Championship at St. Andrews. Lastly on the pod today we sit down with Betsy Kelly who is a professional golfer and big in the social media world. She is going to talk about her incredible story and how golf has helped her overcome some struggles in her life as well as her continued drive to achieve her goal of reaching the LPGA Tour.

    Episode 16: U.S. Open Reactions & PGA Professional Brent Snyder Joins the Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 91:25


    Matty Ice put on a ball striking display for the ages at the Country Club to win the 122nd U.S. Open hitting 17 greens in regulation on his way to a one stroke victory over Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler. We will be discussing our thoughts on the golf course and how the championship played out. The tour moves to TPC River Highlands in Hartford this week for the Travelers Championship. We will discuss the course, the field and give our picks to win for this weeks event. We are joined this week by Brent Snyder, who is one of the top PGA teaching professionals in the midwest and has played in PGA Tour events in the past. He gives great insight into his teaching philosophy, playing on the PGA Tour and other observations on the game of golf from one of the best teachers around.

    Episode 15: PGA Tour & LIV Golf Go Head-to-Head. Talking TaylorMade Golf Fittings with Chris Eikenberg.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 89:54


    Rory and JT showed out for the PGA Tour at the RBC Canadian Open in epic fashion on Sunday. Rory goes back-to-back in Canada and Justin Rose damn near shot a 58 up in Toronto. LIV Golf failed to move the needle in their opening event in London. Is money enough to make this new tour go? Or will it be the bust that the first event was when they come to the United States next at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland. It is U.S. Open week, and we will be talking about the Country Club and what it is going to take to navigate the dangers that are always lurking at a U.S. Open venue and setup. Picks will be made for the winner and some sleepers to keep an eye on this week. Chris Eikenberg from TaylorMade Golf will be joining the podcast to talk about golf fittings, things players overlook in their equipment, professional golf and much more.

    Episode 14: LIV Tour Catching Steam? Billy Dominates at Jack's Place.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 67:14


    Does the LIV Tour have a chance? With the list of players who have committed and more being added daily, does the PGA Tour have a big problem on their hands with the LIV Tour and the Saudi's backing it with basically unlimited money to invest. Is Billy Horschel's win at the Memorial a sign of things to come? We all know that the 7-time tour winner can go on hot streaks like almost no one else in the game can. Some big names are playing outside Toronto this week at the RBC Canadian Open. We will discuss the golf course architect, the course and the field in our picks segment. Our own games and egos took a beating at the hands of Troy Burne this week and we are hoping to recover from it.

    Episode 13: Charles Schwab Challenge recap & Memorial Preview. Golf Psychology with Phil Niemela

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 74:24


    Sam Burns posts a number and takes down the world number 1 Scottie Scheffler with an epic playoff putt at Colonial Country Club to win the Charles Schwab Challenge. Big week coming up on the PGA tour with the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village. Is it the only golf tournament in the world overshadowed by a milkshake? With the LPGA Tour playing at Shadow Creek last week, Mike tells the story of his day trip to Shadow Creek with co-host Tim. Sports psychologist Phil Niemela joins the podcast this week to talk about the psychology of the game we love and how to have a better mindset in order to perform better on the golf course.

    Episode 12: PGA Championship Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 71:12


    JT comes roaring from behind to win in a playoff over Will Zalatoris as Mito does the PGA Championship version of Jean Van de Velde on 18 at Southern Hills. Rory got everyone revved up on Thursday and then fizzed before working his way back into the top 10. Mike went against his better instincts this week and took Jordan Spieth to win, which of course was a let down. Tiger WD on Sunday, multiple people got hit with golf balls, it was a wild PGA Championship week. We will also talk Charles Schwab Championship at Colonial CC, some Saudi golf league and weird Jack Nicklaus news this week on the podcast.

    Episode 11: PGA Championship Week

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 86:13


    Major #2 is here and we are talking about all the happenings surrounding the PGA Championship at the Perry Maxwell gem Southern Hills. We will discuss the recently renovated course and make our picks for this week's championship. The podcast got out to Links at Northfork on a windy day and didn't fare too well, but there was drama coming down the home stretch that topped that of TPC Craig Ranch this week on the PGA Tour. Speaking of the PGA Tour, we will talk about TPC Craig Ranch's absurdly low scores and K.H. Lee going back-to-back at the Byron Nelson. When it comes to back-to-back, Tim was back in Myrtle Beach this week and even snuck off to play Southern Pines and Tobacco Road.

    Episode 10: Fun and failure at the Founder's Cup, Max Homa's rise to stardom and Tim is on the move again to Myrtle Beach this week.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 73:30


    The dynamic duo of Mike and Tim were back in Albert Lea for the 2nd annual Founder's Cup of the Honorable Company of Minnesota Golfers. A lot of fun was had again this year and the golf we played was about what you would expect from a couple guys trying to pull of shots like they are tour players. Max Homa wins the Wells Fargo Championship for the 2nd time and we discuss his future on tour and other musings from the week that was in golf. The tour heads to TPC Craig Ranch this week and the crew makes their picks from what is a pretty good field for an event the week before a major. Tim is traveling again and will talk about his upcoming trip to Myrtle Beach, Southern Pines and Tobacco Road. All of this and a discussion about how to improve as a player when maybe your game has plateaued or you are having problems scoring.

    Episode 9: Calamity at the Classic, Mexico Open Review & Wells Fargo Preview, Mike & Tim prepare for the Founders Cup 2022 edition.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 49:15


    It was that time of year for Jeff's annual buddies trip/event to the Classic at Maddens and the weather was dreadful in the Brainerd lakes area. Rain, wind and cold couldn't stop Jeff as he battled the elements at one of Minnesota's best tracks. The favorite Jon Rahm held on to win the Mexico Open versus a subpar field this week. The Wells Fargo Championship moves away from Quail Hollow for a year and up the Washington D.C. area at TPC Potomac at Avenal Farm. We will dive into the course a little bit and give our predictions for the week. Mike and Tim are going on another day trip this weekend, this time to Albert Lea, Minnesota for the the 2nd annual Founders Cup event of the Honorable Company of Minnesota Golfers. We will preview the format for the 36 hole event and have some laughs about last years event.

    Episode 8: Slaughter at the Straits as Mike & Tim take on Whistling Straits on a breezy spring day. Jeff's prep is underway for a annual Brainerd event. Zurich results and Mexico Open preview.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 66:50


    Mike & Tim left the Twin Cities at 4am Saturday morning to take on the beast that is Whistling Straits. The Pete Dye creation and home of the 2021 Ryder Cup gave the boys quite a thrashing. We endured and lived to tell the tale of our day at Whistling Straits. Jeff has been grinding on the simulator and prepping for a big event coming up this weekend in the Brainerd Lakes area. He will give a little breakdown into what he will be doing at this annual golf event at the Classic. Cantlay and Xander dominate in the Big Easy and we will preview a less than exciting field for the first ever Mexico Open.

    Episode 7: Spieth rises again on Easter Sunday, Zurich Classic Preview, Minnesota Hidden Gems and Tim Travels to Oregon.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 58:25


    Jordan Spieth defies logic with terrible putting to win the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town and stamp his place as the GOAT of Easter Sunday golf on the PGA Tour. Next stop is a fun partner event at TPC Louisiana this week for the Zurich Classic. Tim will give a little insider info on the course and we will make our picks for the event. Our Minnesota spin this week is on hidden gems in the metro and greater state areas. We will give you the inside info on some courses to check out this season. Tim travelled to Oregon last week and ran into some weather issues out west - but got plenty of sim golf and diet coke in. Mike will discuss his new epic quest to play the top 100 courses in America before he dies and the boys take on Augusta National at the simulator this week on the Break 80 podcast.

    Episode 6: Masters Recap, looking forward to the RBC Heritage and talking Minnesota public golf Final 4.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 43:56


    Scottie Scheffler puts an emphatic stamp on his world #1 ranking with a dominant win this week at Augusta National. Rory thrilled the patrons and showed why we are enamored with his talent. Even with Scheffler winning, the week was all about Tiger. After a great first round 71, he struggled the rest of the week, but it sounds like he plans on playing some big events going forward. Big names are in the field as of now for the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town this week. We will be making picks and talking about this unique tour stop. The people have spoken and a Minnesota public golf champion has been named. We will be talking about the FInal 4 and championship matchups in our Greater State vs. Metro battle.

    Masters Special: Day 3 - Cam Smith fires a 68 to cut Scheffler's lead to 3 heading into Sunday.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2022 29:00


    Augusta National got the best of the field today with only 9 players shooting under par. Not to be deterred by the cold and wind, Cam Smith fired a 68 to put a little heat on Scottie Scheffler whose 71 today leaves him with a 3 shot lead heading into Sunday's final round. Tiger had major struggles with Augusta's greens today in route to his highest round at the Masters with a 78.

    Masters Special: Day 2 - New world #1 Scottie Scheffler quickly proving he is worthy of the top spot.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2022 26:36


    After firing a 67 on blustery day at Augusta National, Scottie Scheffler takes a commanding 5 stroke lead into the weekend. A packed leaderboard would lead to high drama on the weekend if not for the red hot Scheffler who is blowing away the field. Tiger showed his grit again after a brutal start by making multiple birdies in the middle of the round to finish at +1 in T19 after 36 holes. Speaking of brutal, some big names are heading home before the weekend including Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Bryson Dechambeau, who failed to break 80 in round 2.

    Masters Special: Day 1 - Tiger roars in return to the spotlight at Augusta National.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 32:40


    Day 1 recap: Hello Friends! It was the return of the GOAT at Augusta National. Tiger fires 71 to show the field that he will have a say in this tournament. Sung-Jae Im takes the day 1 lead at -5 with Cam Smith, Scottie Scheffler and a host of others right behind him. Winds kicked up and made for a tough afternoon today. Clubs were broken, Sandy Lyle had suspenders on and Adam Scott was khaki'd out as another year of the Masters is underway.

    Episode 5: Masters Preview - Tiger Mania & Kate Smith(Big Ten Champion & ANWA Vet)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 74:33


    Masters mania is here! After a quick Valero Texas Open recap, it will be all things Augusta National on the pod this week. We will be talking Tiger's return wearing Footjoys, captain cool at the ANWA and a deep dive into Masters picks for the week - play at your own risk! Minnesota legend Kate Smith will join us to talk about her journey from Detroit Lakes to the professional golf ranks, which includes a 2021 Big Ten title at Nebraska. Oh yeah, she has also played Augusta National (you may have heard of it) in the ANWA and gives us great insight into the course for this week.

    Episode 4: WGC Match Play talk, Valero picks and the Final 4 of Minnesota public golf is set.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 55:12


    Scottie Scheffler continues to ride a hot streak in Austin at the WGC Match Play that has now vaulted him to the top of the golf world! Going to share a few hot takes about Kevin Kisner's match play chops and why the PGA Championship could finally find an identity by going back to the match play format of old. We will be previewing a good field at the Valero Texas open and our golf traveller Tim will talk Texas Golf. The Final 4 of Minnesota public golf is here! We will be discussing the results from the Elite 8 and previewing the Final 4 which is coming up this week.

    Episode 3: Golf is back in Minnesota! Reactions from this week in professional golf & Discussion about our Elite 8 in Minnesota public golf.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 54:30


    Spring has sprung and golf courses are slowly starting to open across southern and central Minnesota. We will discuss that along with the Valspar Championship and upcoming WGC match play on the professional scene. The votes are in and 8 courses are moving on to the Elite 8 of Minnesota public golf. There were early round blowouts and tight battles in the round of 16 to discuss and we will preview the Elite 8.

    Episode 2: Players Championship Reactions & Minnesota Public Golf Sweet 16

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 49:58


    Thoughts from a crazy Players championship where Mother Nature played a huge role and Cam Smith rode a hot blade to a Monday finish title and a $3.6 million dollar payday. Bracketology fans - the Minnesota Public Golf Sweet 16 is upon us. Hear insight into which courses made the bracket and which bubbles got burst on selection Sunday!

    Episode 1: Bay Hill Reactions & Podcast Introduction

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2022 43:48


    U.S. Open vibes at Bay Hill this week! Get our reactions to the carnage as well as an introduction to a new golf podcast. Scottie Scheffler gets his 2nd win of the season. Has Ted Scott found his zen situation on the bag and away from Bubba??? Will Rory ever find his game? How many tour players couldn't break 80 this week? These questions will be discussed along with happenings in the world of golf and locally in Minnesota - as we get closer to actually playing golf outside.

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